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The new year will get off to a fast start for Alonzo Booth.
For starters, the 3-star St. Francis DeSales (Columbus, Ohio) running back celebrates his birthday on Jan. 1. After that, he’ll get one more day of holiday vacation before school starts.
Once the recruiting dead period comes to a close on Jan. 12, Booth’s recruitment will heat up. He plans to take an official visit to Eastern Kentucky and potentially one to Navy as well. Both schools have offered.
And stuck in the middle of the final live period for 2017 recruits before National Signing Day on Feb. 1, Booth will take an official visit to Michigan State. He told Land of 10 he’ll make the trip over the weekend of Jan. 20.
Booth said he started hearing from Michigan State in mid-November. The Spartans have been targeting several backs to join 3-star commit Weston Bridges, with 4-star recruit Cordarrian Richardson and 3-star Virginia Tech commit Jalen Holston among them.
At 6-foot-1, 245 pounds, Booth has the agility of a smaller back with the strength to run over defenders. He rushed for 2,151 yards and 36 touchdowns on 10.8 yards per carry as a senior.
Booth does not hold an offer from Michigan State, and it would likely be a game-changer in his recruitment if he picked one up.
“I really love MSU,” he told Land of 10 in November. “It’s a great place.”
Top WR target picks the gridiron over hoops
Four-star Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne wide receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith, ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 101 overall prospect in the 2018 class, made a big announcement just a few minutes into the new year.
— BLUE SMITH (@bluesmith_) January 1, 2017
Smith had been trying to decide between playing football and basketball at the next level. Though a more highly-regarded football player, the 6-foot-6 junior is no slouch on the court, having averaged 5.4 points and 3.6 rebounds on the Under Armour AAU circuit with the Indy Hoosiers, where he played up with its class of 2017 team.
Ultimately, though, he chose to play football at the next level. It will undoubtedly be the decision that offers the best collegiate options.
Smith holds offers from Michigan State, Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee, among others. MSU should have a good chance, though, as Smith formerly caught passes from Spartans freshman quarterback Messiah deWeaver, a Wayne alumnus.
Michigan State has targeted many high-level wide receiver targets in the 2018 class. Four-star wideouts Micah Jones and Joseph Scates have expressed heavy interest in the Spartans as well. Jones will make a decision this spring after an overnight visit to East Lansing.